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The Rise of The Biggest Empire


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Sheryl
- 1008 days ago - youtube.com
Exploring the U.S. Empire its rise to world hegemony and its impact on people and the planet.



   

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Animae C (507)
Saturday June 18, 2016, 7:05 pm
Spreading democracy, LOL, we are all 'occupied' by the US!

54% of US tax dollars goes to military spending!!!
6% is spent on education!
6% on health care!

And we wonder why Bernie has been kicked in the guts......

INFORMATION IS POWER!
If only everyone would watch this 25 minute vid!
 

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday June 19, 2016, 12:59 pm
Yes, if only everyone would actually WATCH this video.
 

John De Avalon (36)
Monday June 20, 2016, 6:04 am
It's still Clinton or Trump though!

Am I being unfair? Obama's Presidency has failed to deliver. There seems to be a 'power behind the throne' that really dictates things.

I would like to hope the rising problem and impact of climate change will remind us that we're all part of the human family and occupying the same fragile planet.
We should we working together for the greater good.
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday June 20, 2016, 6:17 am
This video is just stunning, and terrifying in equal measures, Dandelion
Shared everywhere.
Utterly scary as to what the U.S. thinks and does, and the VAST amounts of money expended in doing so.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday June 20, 2016, 6:20 am
As a role model or a bully???
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday June 20, 2016, 6:21 am
The World's Deadliest Bully, period.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Monday June 20, 2016, 9:43 am
This is why I say it is a MUST watch video. I think this woman does a stunning job, one can't just read the title or summary, this is a take the few minutes.
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday June 20, 2016, 12:12 pm
YES it is, Dandelion.

As a broad-brush, Abby Martin, Chris Hedges, then Edward Snowden, Glen Greenwald, Julien Assange, then Noam Chomsky, ALL talk the same talk. They're a powerful voice for us ordinary citizens
 

Lenore K (0)
Monday June 20, 2016, 1:21 pm
ty
 

Birgit W (160)
Monday June 20, 2016, 1:45 pm
Americans can vote for whatever president they would love to. Reality is that they have nothing to say.
The US is governed by the 1% also called shadow government. Thanks.
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday June 20, 2016, 2:07 pm
Noted w/thanks for posting, Dandelion.
Very well done video! I truly wish this could just be broadcast instead of the nightly news so more could watch and learn.

And, do people really like living in this Empire? I guess if you are one of those who are very lucky. But, how do these people who profit from the wars live with their consciences? Over time, I have noticed that eventually, after many years, some do find their consciences and change and speak out against it.....like MacNamara.
I have thought long and hard about this, because war Corporations are deeply embedded in so many Congressional districts and create jobs there. These Corporations donate million$ to campaigns to keep them with low taxes, and they also lobby Congress heavily.

It is going to take a massive movement to stop this, or at least, begin to reduce it.
Especially, since I just read an article earlier explaining how our State Dept. is no longer doing what it is meant to do---looking for a path for peace rather than war. This began during Reagan, increased during Bush, Sr., expanded more during Clinton, and became entrenched during Bush. Obama did nothing to change this; and Clinton, as Sec. of State seems to have helped put the final nails in the coffin during her term there. The State Dept. is hawking for war in Syria----which would be the worst thing we could do.
 

Janet B (0)
Monday June 20, 2016, 2:15 pm
Thanks
 

Mandi T (366)
Monday June 20, 2016, 2:28 pm
Very interesting, ty Sheryl
 

Doris F (19)
Monday June 20, 2016, 2:29 pm
watch video..very disturbing and disconcerting.. I feel like a zombie of authority, tyfs Dandelion
 

Colleen L (3)
Monday June 20, 2016, 3:17 pm
I agree that it's frustrating to see how and where the money is distributed. Thanks Dandelion
 

. (0)
Monday June 20, 2016, 4:13 pm
tyfs Dandelion
 

Rose Becke (141)
Monday June 20, 2016, 9:35 pm
A informative video Dandelion
 

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Tuesday June 21, 2016, 7:46 pm
Interesting video.
Noted & Shared. Thanks Dandelion.
 

Millie O'Connor (153)
Tuesday June 21, 2016, 9:12 pm
Noted. Thanks for sharing, Sheryl.
 

Walter F (129)
Tuesday June 21, 2016, 9:33 pm
Thanks for an informative video Sheryl, I couldn't describe it as a eulogy for your nation .It's disturbing.
 

Arild Gone for now (174)
Wednesday June 22, 2016, 3:13 am
As history have shown us and mentioned in the video;"All Empires will fall" - Unfortunately probably not in my lifetime.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 22, 2016, 9:43 am
Thanks Dandelion. Turn on the video and witness American truth, "We The People's" reality--- their ongoing struggle for survival under the heavy thumb of evil, destructive corruption for greedy profit of self-designated "Chosen Few". If you are drowning in frack-poisoned sludge and manage to raise one nostril above the waterline, they fill your nostril with miasmic air, containing Monsanto's or some other huge corporation's poisons and pollutants.

Those "Chosen Few" have decided the dire fate of the middleclass on down, as that is how the story of "The Spirit Of '76" must end, in order for the few to survive long enough to either heal the planet or better adopt a method of fleeing it.

By supporting Trump or Clinton, you become part of that corruption and an abettor to sealing the fate of the masses and the planet. The only possible means of turning the situation around, is to cast a vote that counts--for Bernie if he becomes the nominee by some miracle---if not, then for one he admires and would work with---The Green Party's Dr. Jill Stein.

The reason I don't say, write-in Bernie, is because that vote doesn't count. It is much more productive and at least makes for a better and possible chance of survival for us all. This election is not merely to seat politicians this time---it is a matter of life and death of a planet and all living. Think upon that when voting.
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday June 22, 2016, 11:25 am
Well, engaging with some right-wingers here on CARE2, it's clear they don't see beyond their own "reality bubble" and if life is relatively good for them, they don't care about the larger picture world. . . .
 

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday June 22, 2016, 1:20 pm
Well said Janice.....

Very true Darren, if life is 'relatively" good for them - just keep sticking that head in the sand.

I'm afraid so Walter, this is not a fun place to live, unless one has a good income and more than half of the families are at poverty or below and a lot more are barely above it and hanging on for dear life to what it is they have.
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday June 22, 2016, 1:57 pm
There's a deeper issue here as well which we've touched upon, and that is, it doesn't matter what your income is, especially when it's grown larger. . . WHERE IS the COMPASSION for one's common man, woman and child struggling. . . ? The overwhelming arrogance, complacency and sheer ignorance of people struggling, when one's own little world is okay, is startling.
 

Bryan S (105)
Wednesday June 22, 2016, 4:49 pm
Great video. It is amazing how many people still think the US just minds its business and only intervenes when asked to help people. I'm glad Major General Smedley D. Butler was mentioned. And he's always a good source of information to present to right-wing nationalists. He wasn't exactly a pinko. Unfortunate that his message (and others like it) were drowned out by propaganda.

It seems that another reason, besides selfishness, that many people refuse to leave the comfort zone of their reality bubble is their personal identity being so defined by some system of authority. I don't think it's a coincidence that religious fundamentalism and belligerent nationalism so often go together. Just look at fox news.

And yes, just sickening and criminal how much is wasted on military spending in the US. In the video Abby Martin mentions about $600 billion per year, but i've always read it's about a trillion when the expense of nuclear weapons are included. And when these new weapons system end up costing 3 or 4 times was first announce, there's no outcry.

 

. (0)
Wednesday June 22, 2016, 5:15 pm
Thanks, very interesting
 

Catrin Schuetz-Kroehler (48)
Wednesday June 22, 2016, 7:48 pm
Very important video to watch. Shared it with some friends.
 

John De Avalon (36)
Thursday June 23, 2016, 5:43 am
A fine post, Darren.

We're heading towards 10 billion people by the middle of the century. Climate change is going to negatively impact environmentally i.e. areas will effectively become uninhabitable due to flood or drought. And feeding that number of people ...
A lot of people are going to be on the move, in a way not seen since the end of WW2.

Then we have on top of this the rise of religious extremism and nationalist organisations, far right and far left.

We're heading for very challenging times.

I wish I could provide a magic answer to the world's ills! But there isn't one.
Some things we can do though is:
1) To share more. Most poverty and want is really down to other's greed.
2) Donate more and make sure it gets to ground level i.e. the ordinary people
3) Help build up sustainable economies around the world. Apart from the obvious reason for this, economic austerity is a breeding ground for dissent and radicalism.
4) Remind ourselves that we are all one!
5) Work for peace.
 

Freya H (345)
Thursday June 23, 2016, 2:47 pm
I do feel that we are headed straight for a Perfect Storm of political unrest and climate change. We may not reach that dreaded mark of 10 billion mouths to feed if diseases like Zika continue to spread - soon something really nasty will come along, something that spreads easily and has a long incubation period so one layover by an infected person at Hartsfield-Jackson turns more than a thousand people into carriers - people going all over the world. Climate change will lead to droughts, crop failures, fights over water - and more, much more. We will have to change our way of life to want less and focus on what's important. Also, we must prepare for the worst. Not to sound like some Paranoid Prepper, but we do need to brace for impact.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday June 23, 2016, 6:39 pm
No outcry Bryon except on cutting back on food stamps to the hungry.
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday June 23, 2016, 11:10 pm
You wouldn't think we all BELONGED TO THE SAME SPECIES would you, Dandelion?
 

Maryann S (112)
Friday June 24, 2016, 3:43 pm
Very informative video! Thanks for sharing Dandelion.
 

SuSanne P (193)
Saturday June 25, 2016, 10:42 am
Thank you Dandelion. To say I'm CHILLED TO THE BONE by this article is an understatement. I took several notes, after listening to it twice, but will only share a wee bit.

CHILLING
WAR MACHINE
Balistic
Corporate Capitalism Power of Structure
Power of Wealth
Tons of Thousands...
Defense Contractors
BATTERING RAM
EXTORTION, Subjection, Origination, World of Banks, Colonization,
The Depth if SLAVERY and DEATH!!!!!!!!!!!
Collateral Damage

UNQUESTIONABLE THRIST FOR POWER
UNQUESTIONABLE THIRST FOR POWER
UNQUESTIONABLE THIRST FOR POWER

NO REMORSE!!!

""War is just a racket,
a racket is best described, I believe,
as something that what it seems
to the majority of the people."

""Only a small inside group
Knows what it is all about
It is conducted for the benefit
Of the very few
at the expense of the masses....."

"I served in all commissioned
ranks from second lieutenant to Major General."

"And during that period
I spent most of my time
being a high class muscle-man
for Big Business, for Wall Street
and for the Bankers."

"In short I was a racketeer
a gangster for capitalism."

"I helped make Mexico...safe.
For American oil interests in 1914.
I helped make Haiti and Cuba
a decent place for the
National City Bank boys
to collect revenues in."

""I helped in the raping of half a dozen
Central Americans
Central American Republics
for the benefits of Wall St...."

"I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking house of
Brown Brothers in 1909-1912."
I brought light to the
Dominican Republic for American
sugar interests in 1916."

""In China I helped to see to it
that Standard Oil
went it's way unmolested." Butler...

Last year I received a loooong poster, dividing our budget. It has gotten worse, but this is what I have.

MILITARY (Dep. of Defense, War, & Nuclear Weapons Programs)...55.oo%
EDUCATION..............................................................................................6.2%
VETERAN'S BENEFITS...............................................................................5.6%
GOVERNMENT..........................................................................................5.5%
HOUSING & COMMUNITY........................................................................5.3%
HEALTH......................................................................................................4.9%
LABOR.......................................................................................................4.8%
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS........................................................................3.3%
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT........................................................................3.0%
SCIENCE.....................................................................................................2.5%
TRANSPORTATION....................................................................................2.3%
FOOD & AGRICULTURE..............................................................................1.0%
..............One minute for Peace

STAND UP. DON'T LET THE POLITICAL REVOLUTION ALLOW THESE ATROCITIES TO CONTINUE!!! This is a POLITICAL REVOLUTION and there is no reason for you to sit on your arse and do nothing! TY Dandelion.
 

David M (3)
Saturday June 25, 2016, 4:49 pm
It's true USA has a big 'empire'... but 'biggest?'--does the sun set on the US empire? The sun didn't set on the British empire (places actually governed, not just with some influence being there, like even military bases.) Maybe USA is the largest economic empire, not geographic...
 

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday June 25, 2016, 7:36 pm
David that is like splitting hairs, it basically comes down to the same thing. Think about it. They both were all over and their influence was felt everywhere.
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday June 25, 2016, 11:43 pm
Dandelion is bang on the money.

How many countries, does the U.S. have a military presence, and bases set up. . . answer virtually EVERY country on the Earth. The British Empire was built on exploitation of other countries (India's Caste System is the British Class system, except more brutally run). America wants to control and run the world. Do a little research on YouTube with Abby Martin's Empire Files, listen to ANY video with Noam Chomsky. Reference Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald, or Chris Hedges. They ALL tell the same narrative.
 

Dawnie W (250)
Tuesday July 12, 2016, 10:34 am
❤️:-))❤️Noted ❤️
❤️ Thanking you kindly for sharing this information❤️
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